100+ Viral-Worthy Road Trip Quotes for Your Next Post

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So many people love to experience others’ travels and adventures through the photos and videos posted on social media. Your posts can get someone through a rough day, or even inspire them to plan a trip of their own.

While choosing the right picture to post online can be simple, sometimes choosing the right caption can be a little more difficult.

To help you in your journey to inspire wunderlust in others, here are inspirational, funny, and perhaps poignant road trip quotes to compliment your inspirational pics and videos.

Road Trips Quotes about the Journey

  1. “Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” – Oliver Goldsmith
  2. “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.” – Izaak Walton
  4. “A journey is a person in itself, no two are alike.” – John Steinbeck
  5. “The Journey, not the arrival matters; the voyage not the landing.” – Paul Theroux
  6. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
  7. “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson
  8. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
  9. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye
  10. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
  11. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
  12. “I climb behind the steering wheel… I drive off immediately without once looking back; it’s a long journey but it leads to freedom.” – Corinne Hofmann, The White Masai

Quotes About the Heart and Mind of a Road Tripper

Image of winding road with quote by Ibn Battuta "“Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. "
  1. “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sightseeing.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
  2. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. “ – Ibn Battuta
  3. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is, at last, to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton
  4. “They say travel broadens the mind; but you must have the mind.” – G.K. Chesterton
  5. “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” -G.K. Chesterton
  6. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. “The aim of the traveler should be to be at the right time at the right place.” – Gertrude Adams Fisher
  8. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
  9. “Some people feel more alive when they travel and visit unfamiliar places or foreign countries because at those times sense perception – experiencing – takes up more of their consciousness than thinking. They become more present.” – Eckhart Tolle
  10. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
  11. “Freedom of movement is the very essence of our free society…once the right to travel is curtailed, all other rights suffer.” – William O Douglas
  12. “I travel because I need to see the scene. I can’t invent it.” – Graham Greene
  13. “Real travel is work and may profit from an edge of danger. – Lance Morrow
  14. “It is always one’s self that one encounters in travelling.” – Lance Morrow
  15. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
  16. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  17. “Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love.” – Brian Chesky
  18. “You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart
  19. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes
  20. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – anaïs nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974
  21. “Travelling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents.” – Gayle Forman, Just One Day
  22. “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life” – Michael Palin
  23. “The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for.” – Louis L’Amour

Inspirational Road Trip Quotes

Image of road in the woods with quote "It is better to travel well than arrive." by Buddha
  1. “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” – Publius Syrus
  2. “What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?” – Jack Kerouac
  3. “It is a day consecrated to the itch to be elsewhere.” – Leslie Hanscom
  4. “I would have gone anywhere with anyone…wild with longing for the whole unvisited world.” – Christopher Isherwood
  5. “We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” – John Steinbeck
  6. “Grin like a dog and wander aimlessly.” – Paul Theroux
  7. “Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destinations.” – Eudora Welty
  8. “The potential for adventure makes life worth living.” – Vicki Garside, from MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld.com
  9. “Whatever is always in motion is immortal.” – Plato, Phaedrus, 245c
  10. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha
  11. “It seems to me there is so much more to the world than the average eye is allowed to see. I believe if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could ever have dreamed of.” – Richard Curtis
  12. “That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.”- Aphra Behn, in The Wonders of Solitude
  13. “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot
  14. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –  Marcel Proust
  15. “Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” – Frank Borman
  16. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius
  17. “How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.” –  R. Buckminster Fuller
  18. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan
  19. “Journeys, like artists, are born and not made.” – Lawrence Durrell
  20. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai
  21. “To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen
  22. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
  23. “The middle of the road is where the white line is—and that’s the worst place to drive.” – Robert Frost
  24. “I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Road Trip Quotes About the Mighty Road

Image with quote: “I have a lot of stories to tell because I've been down a lot of roads people haven't been.” - Jimmy Walker
  1. “The road kept coming, and continued going somewhere alone.” – Suman Pokhrel
  2. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
  3. “Often, bumpy roads lead to beautiful places.” –  Dave Martinez
  4. “You got to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one.” –  Bob Parsons
  5. “When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.” – Charles de Lint
  6. “I believe that all roads lead to the same place – and that is wherever all roads lead to.” –  Willie Nelson
  7. “One always wonders about roads not taken.” –  Warren Christopher
  8. “I have a lot of stories to tell because I’ve been down a lot of roads people haven’t been.” – Jimmy Walker
  9. “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  10. “The road is life”- Jack Kerouac
  11. “Take the back roads instead of the highways.” – Minnie Pearl
  12. “The road was new to me, as roads always are, going back.” – Sarah Orne Jewett
  13. “I love the nooks and crannies of the American landscape; the back roads and back alleys, the places that are still untouched by the corporate gloss, the veneer of sameness that seems to be spreading across the country.” –  David Means
  14. “These roads do not serve transportation alone, they also bind our Fatherland.” – Fritz Todt
  15. “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” – Earl Nightingale
  16. “Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.” – Ma Jian, Red Dust: A Path Through China
  17. “The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” – William Least Heat Moon

Road Trip Quotes from Movies, Books and Music

Image with the quote: Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads" from Back to the Future
  1. “So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry” – Jack Kerouac, Desolation Angels
  2. “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” – Back to the Future
  3. “Oh, sure,  it’s just like driving a really big Pinto.” – Speed
  4. “Travel changes you.” – Anthony Bourdain
  5. “Vacation is what you take when you can’t take what you’ve been taking any longer.” – Earl Wilson
  6. Vacation. All I ever wanted. Vacation. Had to get away. Vacation. Meant to be spent alone. – The Go-Go’s, Vacation
  7. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  8. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  9. “If you need something to worship, then worship life — all life, every last crawling bit of it! We’re all in this beauty together!” – Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  10. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac 
  11. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  12. “All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  13. “The road must eventually lead to the whole world.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  14. “Here I was at the end of America – no more land – and now there was nowhere to go but back.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  15. “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” – The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  16. “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”  – Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Road Trip Quotes About the Adventure

Image with quote: “It's a road trip! It's about adventure! . . . It's not like we have somewhere to go.” - John Green
  1. “Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.” – Emma Chase“The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous and absolutely liberating.” – Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip
  2. “It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . . It’s not like we have somewhere to go.” – John Green
  3. “Adventurer” — he that goes out to meet whatever may come.” – Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard
  4. “Drive anywhere and everywhere, even when there’s nowhere to go. (Note: There’s always somewhere to go.)” –  Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

Funny Road Trip Quotes

Image with quote: “I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” -  Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad
  1. “A road trip frees the mind, revitalizes the spirit, and infuses the body with Dr Pepper and teriyaki jerky.” – Peter Heller
  2. “It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E. L. Doctorow
  3. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” –  Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad
  4. “Road trips required a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes—oh, and directions.” –  Jenn McKinlay, Books Can Be Deceiving
  5. “A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.” – Tom Lichtenheld, Everything I Know About Cars
  6. “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” – George Carlin
  7. “When you don’t know where you’re going, you drive on the highway.” – Roger Hedden, Bodies, Rest and Motion.

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